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The new vision for joint activities and training between the union and company is contained in a memorandum of understanding on the FCA-UAW Center for Employee Development, which was included with pop over to these guys the 2019 labor contract documentation. Officials would not comment on whether the FCA-UAW Center for Employee Development is the name planned for the new training operation. "The parties recognize the importance of conducting joint activities consistent with sound oversight, governance and accountability including strict financial controls and compliance with applicable laws," according to the memorandum. Joint activities in the 2019 FCA/UAW national agreement cover a range of areas, including new hire orientation, health and safety, World Class Manufacturing and technical training. The memorandum noted that an audit of the trust funds conducted by an independent firm will happen each year and that "the joint purchase, sale or distribution of FCA-UAW promotional products and novelty items shall be prohibited." Benjamin Eisner, a Philadelphia-based attorney who is cocounsel to the National Training Center, said UAW members and others should be aware of several features of the transition to the trusts, including greater transparency. "They also should know that the people in charge of the trusts will be accountable, held to strict fiduciary standards, and subject to careful oversight by independent auditors and by government regulators," he said. "The planned sale of the Nine Mile Road facility will not affect UAW members directly, but they should know that any sale will be made prudently, in accordance with applicable law, with proceeds of the sale ultimately going to the trusts, as stated in the memorandum of understanding between the UAW and FCA." More: Can the UAW take a reform cue from the Teamsters' direct elections? A focus on oversight and strict financial controls appears to be a clear response to the scandal, which saw millions of dollars meant for worker training instead spent on everything from home improvements to a Ferrari to jewel-encrusted pens. Fifteen people, including two former UAW presidents and the onetime lead labor negotiator for Fiat Chrysler, have been charged or sentenced to date. Earlier this month, former UAW Vice President and ex-General Motors board member Joe Ashton was sentenced to 30 months in prison for his role in the scandal, including, prosecutors said, steering an almost $4 million watch contract to a friend knowing Ashton would later "strong-arm" him into a $250,000 kickback on the profits. The 58,000 watches were left in storage at General Motors' jointly run worker training center.

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